Sports massage is known as
a deeper massage therapy technique
that targets specific muscle groups.
Sports massage, as the name suggests was primarily aimed at sportsmen & women but
has evolved into an integrated approach
to full-body health.
Are an athlete
Started a new fitness regime
Have an active lifestyle
Suffer from an injury or muscle spasm/pain
Have high stress, anxiety, or struggling to sleep
Sports massage helps to target tight & tender areas through deeper pressure, helping to signal your nervous system to relax and to alleviate tension within the targeted muscles.
Do you have tight shoulders, hips, or other joints?
A Sports massage can target these tensioned muscles that are impeding your joints so that you can move more freely and have a greater range of motion. Leaving or ignoring these encumbered joints often leads to pain and even injury as the joint struggles to function optimally at its full range of motion.
If you are constantly pushing your body, whether it’s with a hard workout, training for a race, or living a high-stressed life, a Sports massage can help you relax and alleviate some of the physical and psychological stresses, easing muscle tension, making you feel looser and more comfortable in your body.
After a tough workout or game of your chosen sport, a Sports massage will improve recovery by increasing circulation to affected muscles. Recent studies have shown that a Sports massage decreased delayed-onset muscle soreness (or DOMS to those in the know) — the extreme soreness that I think we have all experienced when exercising a muscle for the first time in a while — by at least 30 percent.
If you know you will be doing a tough workout or race, then it’s best to book an appointment
either on the day or the next morning to help reduce muscle soreness, increase movement,
and speed recovery after the event.
Foam rolling is great but only targets larger and broad muscles and doesn’t get into those deeper muscles and pressure points to help ease muscle tension
and reduce pain like Sports massage does.
A Sports massage therapist uses various techniques with fingers, thumbs, palms and elbows to get into those deeper muscle areas causing tightness and pain which also assists with muscle relaxation. There is a whole level of variation that a therapist brings that is simply impossible to simulate using a static object.
A foam roller is best to use before a workout to help warm up the muscles
and increase flexibility.